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Experimental Gene Therapy For Blindness Sees Some Promising Results

Study volunteer Jonathan Wyatt, for example, can now read three more lines on an optometrist's chart.<p>Jonathan Wyatt is less of a nuisance these days, his wife Diana told the BBC. Wyatt was the first volunteer to receive an experimental new gene therapy for a condition he has, choroideremia, that …

Gene Therapy

Four new species found off Scottish coast

Large sea snail, marine worm and two kinds of clam are believed to live near a cold seep vent in north Atlantic<p>Marine scientists have hailed the discovery of four new species of sea creature in deep ocean waters off the coast of Scotland.<p>The new species – a large sea snail, two kinds of clam and a …

RNA's Secret Life Outside the Cell

For decades, researchers have been finding DNA and its sister, RNA, circulating in the body, outside the safe interior of cells where these molecules …

4 Things to Consider for Space Warfare, Such as How Bullets Fire in Space

As we develop plans for space tourism and, perhaps, colonization in the not-too-distant future, space warfare may also be on the horizon.<p>Here’s a …

What is Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

How the sun shines and why the vacuum of space is not actually empty<p>The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles …

Gliese 581g: Potentially Habitable Planet — If It Exists

Gliese 581g is an extra-solar planet candidate within a planetary system that is only 20 light-years from Earth, but at this point it is highly …

This Exoplanet Is Turning Planetary Formation Scenarios Upside Down

What the heck is that giant exoplanet doing so far away from its star? Astronomers are still trying to figure out the curious case of HD 106906 b, a …

Signs of Water Found on 5 Alien Planets by Hubble Telescope

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has detected water in the atmospheres of five planets beyond our solar system, two recent studies reveal.<p>The five …

Planets Around Red Dwarf Stars May Face 'Water-Trapping' Phenomenon & Hold Clues To Alien Life

A new study takes a deeper look into the fate of life-permitting water on Earth-like planets around red dwarf stars, the most common stars in the universe.<p>Many of these exoplanets quickly become "tidally locked," with one side always facing their reddish star while the other side freezes in …

The Case for Alien Life

Only one planet has been proven to support life: our own. But with at least 11 billion Earth-sized worlds in our galaxy orbiting in their stars' habitable zones, the odds that we are not alone are improving.<p>On Feb. 9, 2013, NASA's Curiosity rover found something on Mars that set a milestone in the …

Universe

How Did Life Begin? It’s Not About the Planets So Much As the Chemistry

At the end of August, I got a press release saying that a chemist named Steven Benner was going to deliver a lecture in Italy in which he broached the idea that we might descend from Martians.<p>I met Benner ten years ago. He was sitting in a coffee shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, working out what …

Alien Moons Around Distant Planets Too Small For Life, Research Suggests

Alien moons around distant worlds may not possess magnetic fields strong enough to protect extraterrestrial life from radiation that may blast it from deep space and nearby stars, researchers say.<p>The images that most likely come to mind when thinking of life-bearing alien moons are those of the …

Forging Stars - Peering Into Starbirth and Death

Some 160,000 light years away towards the constellation of Dorado (the Swordfish), is an amazing area of starbirth and death. Located in our …

What is the Universe Expanding Into?

Come on, admit it, you’ve had this question. “Since astronomers know that the Universe is expanding, what’s it expanding into? What’s outside of the …

Self-improvement

STEPHEN HAWKING: How to build a time machine

By STEPHEN HAWKING<p>All you need is a wormhole, the Large Hadron Collider or a rocket that goes really, really fast<p>Hello. My name is Stephen Hawking. …

Apple's 'iPhone 6' Could Be A Revolutionary Device

The next iPhone, like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 before it, will likely be a revolutionary device. Recent rumors suggest the “iPhone 6” will be bigger …

Rumor: Apple Testing iPhone with 4.9-inch Screen

We're going to have months of rumors regarding the next iPhone, but already they're starting to converge around a common theme: the iPhone 6 will have a larger screen. According to <i>AppleInsider</i>, the latest rumor comes from a popular Chinese technology blog, which reported that Apple is field testing …

Mobile Technology

iPhone 6 concept with wrap-around screen looks amazing, has little basis in reality

Good folks from TUAW caught this amazing iPhone 6 concept that rocks a wrap-around screen making for a true “all-touchscreen” experience. However, …

iPhone 6 concept proposes wraparound, bezel-free display

A new iPhone 6 concept design proposes an interesting wraparound display that would turn the left side of the handset into a tiny display ready to …

Graphene - the new wonder material

Scientific interest rolls in for a material that is more solid than steel and a better conductor than copper<p>The molecule is priceless but it is not a matter of cost – a few hundred dollars per kilo. The value lies in its potential. The molecule in question is called graphene and the EU is prepared …

Distant Stars, Saturn's Bars, and a Trip to Mars

A supernova's ghost, Saturn's unearthly rings, and the next Mars mission's send-off round out the week's best space pictures.

The Higgs boson does a new trick (probably)

Today the ATLAS experiment at CERN announced the strongest evidence so far that the Higgs gives mass to leptons<p>At a seminar at CERN this morning, Aliaksandr Pranko announced an interesting new result on the Higgs boson from the ATLAS experiment.<p>In brief - we know the Higgs boson is there, and is …

China Tests New Stealth Drone

The unmanned craft flew for 20 minutes, according to state-run media.<p>Yesterday, China's new stealth drone flew for the first time, according to Chinese state media. The drone is an unmanned flying wedge, similar to American flying wedges like the RQ-170 and the U.S. Navy's experimental X-47B. It …

Drones

Can Organisms Evolve The Ability To Evolve?

A new study finds that natural selection selected for flexibility in one bacteria species.<p>Can things evolve to evolve? Okay, so that sounds like a cheesy line from a self-help book, but what I'm talking about here is actual biological evolution. Depending on the situation, evolution is obviously …

Biology

9 Things You Didn't Know About Poison

Snow White totally could have happened<p>A new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History explores the weird and wonderful world of poisons. Curated by evolutionary biologist Mark Siddall, “The Power of Poison” recreates a Columbian forest filled with deadly natural toxins, delves into the …

Zoology

Why scientists need to search for alien life on purple planets

Billions of years ago, when microbial life first emerged on Earth, our planet would have appeared purple from space. Armed with this knowledge, …

Giant Planet Found Lurking Inside the Milky Way's Galactic Bulge

Astronomers have discovered a giant world orbiting a star using a quirk of Einstein’s general relativity. This “microlensing” event enabled …